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Our Teach-In series uses film to create awareness about significant contemporary issues and provoke dialogue and discussion. They are held twice a month and are free-of-charge, although a donation will be requested.

March 26, 2018

Why are LGBTQ+ rights necessary?

Victim with Nick Davis

Film still: The Victim Film still: The Victim


"What a gripping film—melodramatic and self-conscious, yes, but forthright and bold... It is perhaps in its evocation of the strange, occult world of blackmail, conspiracy and shame, and the seediness of a certain type of London, that Victim holds up best"
  —The Guardian
4 stars
  —TimeOut London
4 stars
  —Roger Ebert

Dirk Bogarde delivers a stunning performance as a young barrister offered the opportunity to become a Queen's Counselor, who faces blackmailers intent on outing him. Though never explicit, Victim peels the mask off the system which forced so many to keep their sexual orientation a secret. Roger Ebert called it "a film of courage." Banned in the U.S., Victim is both a character study and a thriller, and was an enormous risk for Bogarde who suffered career consequences for daring to play a homosexual.

Directed by Basil Dearden, 1962, 96 mins.

Nick Davis, Ph.D., the author of Desiring Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema, is Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University, writes broadly on films, and teaches queer theory, feminist and gender studies, and American literature.


  • Monday, March 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm

FREE admission!
Donations are requested.


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